Christopher Mark Heben is a former US Navy SEAL, dedicated father, entrepreneur, public speaker, television personality, actor, voice actor, author, and singer /songwriter. Chris lives by the US Navy SEAL Ethos. He agreed to answer few questions about Navy SEALs, his life, and his career. We got 9 “hot” questions with answers just for you.
1. You’re an ex-Navy SEAL… How long did you serve with SEALs?
10 years in Navy, 8 years as a SEAL.
2. What inspired and motivated you to become a SEAL?
I was at a local coffee shop, on a lunch break from work, and saw a huge article entailed ‘Weapons of the US Navy SEALs’ and ‘A day in the life of a US Navy SEAL candidate’….. in a magazine called “Popular Mechanics”. I read the magazine and I stole it from the coffee shop to read about a dozen more times. I knew then and there that I wanted to be a SEAL. I had always known about SEALs because as a kid I was fascinated by ALL things military throughout the history of the world, especially Special Forces and other elite units spanning the history of the world.
3. How would you describe a perfect mindset and person’s character to be fit for Navy SEALs?
You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. You have to have a high tolerance for mental and physical hardship. You have to be able to function in a close-knit Team environment, but also be able to function entirely on your own for extended periods of time. You have to very disciplined and very intelligent and very athletic. The perfect blend of brain and brawn.
4. What are/were your specialties within your SEAL TEAM?
I was a Medic, a sniper, a breacher, an intelligence analyst, an engineering representative, a public relations representative. I wore many hats!
5. Would you recommend youngsters to chase chicks or chase their dreams?
Why can’t you do both? I did!
6. In which SEAL TEAM did you serve?
I was at SEAL Team 8 and then at Naval Special Warfare Group Two.
7. In which operations were you engaged? And when!
Kosovo in 1998-99, Afghanistan 2001/2002/2003/2005/2007, Philippines 2005, Iraq 2005/2007/2008, Pakistan 2003/2004, Africa (many nations) 2007/2008/2009. Many more places that I cannot tell you…..Admit nothing, deny everything, and make counter-accusations!
8. What do you think about our website – special-ops.org?
I love it! It’s more thorough and just as easy to navigate as Fox News, Al Jazeera, and CNN, and it is almost as informative and wide reaching as SOFREP.
9. “How’d ya earn your livin'” or “Up from the Sub”?
Gotta be “How’d ya earn your living?” What’s not to like?… Buddies, Ladies, Kicking Satan’s ass, Going to Heaven and meeting St.Peter, Going home and telling your mom that you kill people for a living in a killing squad! Yes, much better than “Up from a sub”!!
That was a short interview with Christopher Mark Heben, a former Navy SEAL operator from Navy SEAL TEAM 8.